Airbag Control Unit Lawsuit

Your vehicle's crash sensor may be defective, causing air bags and seat belts to fail

Our attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit alleging a defect in 12.3 million airbag control units made by auto-part supplier ZF-TRW. According to the complaint, the affected airbag control units (ACUs) were installed in certain vehicles from car makers Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, and Fiat Chrysler. The affected vehicles include popular models such as Honda Civic (2012-2015), Dodge Ram 1500 (2009-2012), and Toyota Corolla (2011-2019). See below for a full list.

The airbag control module acts as a crash sensor, telling the airbag when to deploy and the seatbelt when to tighten. TRW crash sensor failures may be responsible for eight known deaths, according to the ACU class action lawsuit.

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Department of Transportation investigates ZF-TRW crash sensor defect

The transportation department’s Office of Defects Investigation is looking into a defect that may cause certain TRW “airbag control units” to fail during a crash. Such failures, federal investigators say, could result in the airbag not deploying and the seatbelt not tightening during a collision. The Office of Defects Investigation says:

Certain FCA, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Toyota vehicles are equipped with an air bag control unit produced by TRW (ZF), which could fail during a crash event resulting in non-deployment of air bags and seat belt pretensioners.

According to government reports, the following vehicles may be affected:

Car brandAffected models
Acura2014-2019 Acura RLX
2015-2017 Acura TLX
2012-2014 Acura TSX
Dodge2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500
2010-2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500
2011-2012 Dodge Ram 4500/5500
Fiat2012-2019 Fiat 500
Honda2013-2015 Honda Accord
2012-2015 Honda Civic
2012-2016 Honda CR-V
2012-2017 Honda Fit
2012-2014 Honda Ridgeline
Jeep2015-2017 Jeep Compass
2010-2012 Jeep Liberty
2015-2017 Jeep Patriot
2010-2018 Jeep Wrangler
Kia2013 Kia Forte
2013-2019 Kia Optima
2012-2016 Kia Optima Hybrid
2014 Kia Sedona
Mitsubishi2013-2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
2013-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2014-2015 Mitsubishi Ralliart
2013-2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
Toyota2012-2018 Toyota Avalon
2011-2019 Toyota Corolla
2012-2017 Toyota Sequoia
2012-2019 Toyota Tacoma
2012-2017 Toyota Tundra
Hyundai2013-2019 Hyundai Sonata
2013-2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Defective Airbag Control Unit Lawsuit Filed

A class action lawsuit has been filed against TRW and its parent company (ZF), Honda, and Toyoto for equipping vehicles with allegedly defective airbag control units. The complaint says that TRW’s control units don’t have sufficient protection against electrical overstress, which can lead the units to fail during a crash. The lawsuit says that TRW control unit failures are implicated in six known injuries and four deaths.

airbag control unit subject to the lawsuit
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